All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.
The French Situationalist movement of the 1960s for the most part has been ignored here in the United States, but its call to re-examine art, media, and culture has been taken up by writer/poet 99 Hooker and the musicians that make up rev.99. Their “environmental improv,” Turn A Deaf Ear mixing rants with new experimental improvisation exists as a document of a sonic cultural jamming.
Parts of this disc feel as if it were consumed in fire. The musicians Ernesto Diaz-Infante and Chris Forsyth from San Francisco and Brooklyn respectively collaborated with the duo of Japanese ‘noisician’ Akio Mokuno and poet 99 Hooker. Their sonic background and the eventual studio overdubs by engineer Ross Bonadonna give us what 99 Hooker eventually states, “How the hell do you sing along with this, anyway?” Indeed. Be it the powerbook of Mokuno or guitars of Diaz-Infante or Forsyth these musicians are spinning sounds from menus beyond standard musical choices.
99 Hooker delivers his poetry/rants like a mix between Ken Nordine and Bobcat Goldthwait. He is famous for his work on the rare (because of a court ordered destruction) Bible Launcher (Tzadik Records) disc that united evangelists with pornography. He takes his proselytizing seriously, covering subjects from the destruction of music to the enslavement of popular culture.
Is this music? Maybe. Is it performance? Yes. Is it enticing? Yes. Does it bear repeated spins? Absolutely.
Track Listing: Das Capital Crime- Local Bomb; Pavement Jam:
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.